SOURCE: atsec information security corporation

March 05, 2007 17:08 ET

atsec information security corporation Receives Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Status From PCI SSC

Latest Addition to the atsec IT Security Services Portfolio

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- atsec information security is proud to announce the addition of Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessment (PCI QSA) services to its IT security services portfolio.

As an accredited QSA company, atsec can now perform formal assessments under the PCI scheme in the U.S. and China.

The QSA company accreditation program is administered by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), whose mission is to enhance payment account data security by fostering broad adoption of the PCI Security Standards. The organization was founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa International.

In December 2006, Visa reported PCI compliance at 36 percent among Level 1 merchants and 15 percent among Level 2 merchants, with the majority of merchants at both levels actively working toward compliance.

atsec added this service to support our clients in the financial services industry. atsec offers application evaluation, cryptographic module and algorithm testing, auditing and penetration testing to this market.

Other IT security services offered by atsec include Common Criteria evaluation, ISO 27001 consulting, FIPS 140-2 testing, HIPAA compliance support, and penetration testing.

"atsec's proven expertise in auditing, evaluation and testing mean that customers can trust atsec to provide the same independent service to the payment card industry. We now look forward to working with our existing and new customers in helping them achieve and validate compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard," said Director of Business Development, Fiona Pattinson.

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About atsec information security

atsec information security is an independent, standards-based IT (information technology) security consulting and evaluation services company that combines a business-oriented approach to information security with in-depth technical knowledge and global experience. atsec was founded in Munich (Germany) in January 2000 and has extensive international operations with offices in the U.S., Sweden, the U.K., and China. atsec works with leading global companies such as IBM, HP, Oracle, Cray, BMW, SGI, Vodafone, Swisscom, RWE, and Wincor-Nixdorf. For more information please visit

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